This morning’s most interesting press release:
The Westport Weston Family Y announced today that it has withdrawn the pending application with the Town of Westport to connect its planned new Y facility at Mahackeno Outdoor Center to the Town’s municipal sanitary sewer system.
The Family Y had previously gained local and state approval to install and operate a septic system that would safely treat wastewater from the new Y facility on site. Citing environmental and economic benefits, in late January the Family Y filed an application with the Town to connect its planned new Y to the Town’s municipal sanitary sewer system.
“We filed the application in response to input that we had received throughout the public approval process from many members of the community, including local officials, expressing a preference for a sewer connection rather than an on-site septic system,” said Rob Reeves, Family Y CEO.
Since the application was filed, it has become apparent that the Family Y’s application has raised consideration of issues broader than anticipated.
“Under the present circumstances we do not feel it is in the interest of the Family Y – our 5,500 members and the volunteers who lead our association – to pursue the application further,” said Reeves. “Simply put, we need to focus on our greatest priorities: meeting our funding goals and keeping our construction plans and timeline on track as we continue to meet the needs of our community with our many programs and services.”
“We have every confidence in the septic system as designed and approved and will proceed with our efforts to build what really matters – a sustainable new Y for our community – in accordance with all the required approvals that are now in place,” said Reeves.
The Y is still approximately $5 million short of the $36 million needed by May 11 to reach its financial and construction deadlines. The press released noted that if sufficient funds are raised, construction will be in October on Phase I of the new Y facility. The 55,000-square foot building will include a lap pool and family/teaching pool; wellness center; multi-purpose gym; 3 group fitness studios; a child watch/kids’ adventure gym area; 5 locker rooms, and other amenities.